Rain. The tandem holds up

Dead or alive, no matter the weather on Sunday, we had decided: we go by tandem for training. And we were lucky: it rained! I say lucky because we had the chance to test our cycling, our equipment, our dog and our patience on rain. 55 km of which only about 40 only hills, in Switzerland. The conclusions are:

– Our waterproof jackets are not waterproof (I think this is the way it happens to you when you find designer clothes at second-hand and you’re glad you managed to do it a bit cheaper)

– The equipment that held up the better was brand equipment, first-hand (on sales, of course)

– Tic is the most understanding dog in the whole Universe! He sat quietly in his basket, raincoat tied under the jaw, rained ears, plus a red bag I put on him to protect him against the wind. Tic is the perfect dog for 30 days on tandem!

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– those 55 km on the rain were felt as 100 km on the sun, muscles and nerves are hardly tried, but after each break of water and sandwiches we were a bit other people and when we got to where we wanted to go, we kept on joking and giggling. The conclusion: no matter how pickled you are as long as you are in good company.

– it’s bloody hard to stop and take pictures in the rain, all nature is against you
– long distance cycling is 20% physical and 80% mental effort, the books of touring say. We, in the rain, we experienced 80% physical and 80% mental effort, hahaha!

Alas, the rain did not stop a single moment! And we didn’t stop a moment, either. We pedaled and pedaled. Occasionally Andrei stretched a hand sidewise and squeezed the glove clenching the fist. Rainwater flowed just like from a small tap. We laughed, what else was to be done? And my jacket- I felt 10 pounds of water in it. The rain also slipped on my pants into my waterproof shoes. Simply a pleasure! But there is a magic of the landscape you can only see when the horizon is gray and the clouds flock above the hills.

The next test: the camping equipment. Thursday night we are sleeping in the tent! Hurray! Maybe we’ll be lucky and it rains again :))
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7 comments

  1. Auzi, dar telefonul? Ala e waterproof, asa-i? 😀 joi noapte si noi dormim la cort, si inca pt prima data, hihi 😀

    1. Nu e waterproof telefonul, din păcate. Țineam cozorocul deasupra lui când făceam poze, ba mănușa, ba mâneca. N-a pățit nimic din fericire ? Mi-ar fi fost ciudă să nu rămânem și cu niște poze din excursia asta. Mult succes cu dormitul la cort, așteptăm concluziile ?

  2. Nu e waterproof telefonul, din păcate. Țineam cozorocul deasupra lui când făceam poze, ba mănușa, ba mâneca. N-a pățit nimic din fericire 🙂 Mi-ar fi fost ciudă să nu rămânem și cu niște poze din excursia asta. Mult succes cu dormitul la cort, așteptăm concluziile 😀

  3. Incepand de joi iar va ploua. …? avem marti si miercuri frumos. ..azi la noi a nins ?. …va urez aventuri minunate si sanatate. …va imbratisez ???

    1. Azi erau 27 de grade Fălticeni, orașul de unde plecăm 😀 Cred că vremea e… ca vremea. Noi doar trebuie să fim pregătiți pentru toate toanele ei 🙂

  4. A fost foarte bine la noi! Am rezistat chiar trei nopti la rand in cort (desi m-am ofticat ca mi-am cumparat un sac cam micut – doar 67 de cm latime…)! Am avut noroc ca nu a plouat. Mai greu am resimtit faptul ca nu am avut cum sa ne imbaiem (mai greu cu grasimea din par), dar restul de minim de igiena s-a rezolvat rapid cu servetele umede si un pic de apa 🙂 E drept ca nu am facut atat de multa miscare cum veti face voi (a fost un tur offroad cu masini 4×4) dar sunt sigura ca o sa va descurcati la fel de bine. Va tin pumnii! 🙂

    1. Oh, acum vreau și eu tur offroad cu mașini 4×4! :))

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